12 August 2014
A University of Sheffield student, originally from Aylesbury, has been awarded a prestigious scholarship from one of the world’s largest professional body for engineers, the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).
25-year-old Richard Taylor has been awarded an IET Postgraduate Scholarship, worth £2500, for his outstanding doctorate work on semiconductor photonic crystal surface emitting lasers.
Richard said: “There are so many great students doing wonderful research in the UK, to receive such a prestigious award from the IET is a great honour. I have been working on this project for a few years now and it is fantastic to receive recognition for the research conducted.
“The work I have conducted, and hence receipt of the award, would not have been possible without the help and support of the research group, particularly that of my supervisor Richard Hogg. [With this scholarship] I will be able to collaborate with researchers from the University of Tokyo to further develop semiconductor lasers and emerging laser technologies.”
Chair of the IET Scholarships Committee, Trevor Grimshaw, said: “Every year we receive a very high calibre of applications, and this year has been no exception. The scholarship recipients have demonstrated outstanding talent as well as real engineering potential, and I look forward to seeing the results of their inspirational work.”
This scholarship aims to encourage excellence in research in the fields of electrical, electronic, communications, manufacturing or power engineering at a university in the United Kingdom.
In 2013, the IET provided over £1,000,000 in awards, prizes and scholarships to celebrate excellence, innovation and encouragement of the next generation of engineers and technicians. The IET will maintain this investment in 2014 with its portfolio of awards which includes Diamond Jubilee scholarships, Apprentice and Technician awards, scholarships in India, the Present around the World competition and the IET A F Harvey Engineering Research Prize.
For more information about IET Awards, please visit http://www.theiet.org/awards.